Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation

Foundation Programs

Providing services and support.

Our Programs


Better Together

The Better Together program was established in 1989, originally named Better Things, by the Santa Clara Firefighters Local 1171 and is supported and funded today by the Santa Clara City Firefighters Foundation. This program provides coaching and mentorship to participants to learn life-long skills.

The program teams up two facilitators from Local 1171 (current and retired) with a group of sixth grade students. The students are selected by the schools counselors and sixth grade teachers. Through a variety of different activities the participants learn important life skills. The focus of this training is on self-esteem, decision making, communication and teamwork.

Learn more about Better Together on their website.

VIA Rehabilitation Services

Via Services is a private, independent non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities and special need. Every year, the Santa Clara Firefighters hold special fund raisers and donate proceeds to assist the foundation.

Learn more at the official VIA website.

Senior Assist

The Senior Assist program is a yard clean up and home improvement program designed to help senior citizens within the City of Santa Clara. The firefighters of Santa Clara Local 1171 volunteer there off duty time to make this program work.

This program is not yard or home maintenance and is generally a one time clean up or modification. The program generally helps disadvantaged seniors who may not be physically or financially capable of getting the work done. They also may not have family or friends to give them hand.  The program has also been known to help with various other works from time to time.

Learn more about Senior Assist on their website.


Firehouse run

The Firehouse Run is a newly established 5k and 10k running event organized by the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation.  This event will be hosted at Buck Shaw Stadium on the Santa Clara University campus on November 1, 2015.  This is a fundraising event established to enhance the education provided to local school children.  All proceeds generated will be donated to the Santa Clara School Foundation.

Learn more on their website.

William Purvis Community Service Scholarship

William (Bill) Purvis was a Santa Clara City volunteer reserve firefighter for ten years and a paid professional firefighter for three years before his career came to an end due to illness.

During most of his lifetime, Bill was dedicated to serving others. He served the City of Santa Clara, his community, family and friends without hesitation.

It is because of his dedication that the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation offers this scholarship to a deserving student from Santa Clara and Wilcox High Schools that go above and beyond the school’s requirement for community service.

Our Foundation is dedicated to promoting community service and we hope that the worthy recipients of this scholarship will continue with a commitment to community service throughout their lives.

The recipients of this award will have their name placed on the beautiful hand crafted community service bulletin boards displayed in the administration offices at each school.


This award is given annually to one student from Santa Clara and Wilcox High Schools.  This scholarship is based on three factors.  Athletic and academic effort, attitude, and commitment to helping others.